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October 24, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A pilotless supersonic jet fighter flew 700 miles before crashing into the Atlantic after its civilian test pilot ejected for unexplained reasons, the Royal Air Force said Friday. Searchers Friday found a body believed to be the pilot, Taylor Scott, who disappeared Thursday during a test of a new model of the Harrier GR-5 jump jet. It was to be the Harrier's final test before delivery to the Royal Air Force. Why the pilot ejected remained a mystery.
June 3, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE
"We're dead, mate. This is it. We're gone." That's what jockey Frankie Dettori said to colleague Ray Cochrane as their light plane crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday, not far from Newmarket Racecourse in England. The pilot, Patrick Mackey, was killed, while Dettori and Cochrane were able to scramble from the flaming wreckage. Surgeons inserted two screws into Dettori's right leg, fusing a broken ankle, and he probably won't resume riding until August.
January 10, 1989 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Officials said Monday that against "10 million to 1" odds, both engines apparently failed on a British Midland Airways Boeing 737 that crashed Sunday night in central England. The death toll in the crash, Britain's second in less than three weeks, rose to 44.
December 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A Korean Air 747 cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport northeast of London, narrowly missing several homes before bursting into flames and apparently killing all four South Korean crew members. The plane--bound for Milan, Italy--flew over the village of Great Hallingbury, three miles south of Stansted Airport, before slamming into open ground. One body and some body parts had been recovered, said Charles Clark, assistant chief constable of Essex County police.
March 20, 1991 | United Press International
A Royal Air Force Canberra training jet crashed on a road moments after takeoff, killing three crew members, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The force of the explosion scattered the wreckage into fields less than half a mile from the village of Oldhurst.
August 11, 1988
Two Royal Air Force Tornado jet fighters collided while on unrelated low-level night training flights over northwest England, killing three British airmen and one West German trainee navigator, the Defense Ministry said in London. Rescue workers recovered the bodies from wreckage scattered over the Cumbrian hills. The $30-million fighters collided over the sparsely populated area near the village of Milburn, 240 miles from the capital.
January 1, 1989 | Associated Press
A British Dan-Air jetliner with 268 passengers on board returned safely to Gatwick Airport near London after smoke was spotted in the galley during a flight to the Canary Islands, the airline said Saturday. The airport, south of London, was put on full emergency Friday night after crew members smelled something burning at the front of the Airbus A-300, where food is stored, the airline said.
October 21, 1987 | From Reuters
A light plane crashed on the edge of a forest and burst into flames soon after taking off from Stansted Airport in southern England on Tuesday, killing all six people aboard, police said.
August 30, 1995 | Associated Press
A U.S. spy plane that was part of NATO's Bosnia operation crashed shortly after takeoff Tuesday, killing the pilot, the U.S. Air Force said. The plane crashed at the air base at Fairford, 80 miles west of London, said an Air Force press officer. The pilot, Capt. David A. Hawkins of Virginia, ejected but died at a hospital, said a spokesman at Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento, where the U-2 was based. Hawkins' hometown was not available.
August 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two engines of a Boeing 747 jet burst into flames shortly after landing on a chartered flight from Montreal at London's Gatwick Airport. Airport authorities said the 439 passengers were evacuated via the plane's emergency exits and 15 of them were slightly injured sliding down the chutes. Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation. The engines caught fire as the plane, which belongs to the Canadian charter company Nationair, was heading toward a parking bay, an airport spokeswoman said.
June 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The use of improper bolts probably caused a cockpit windshield to blow out of a British Airways plane at 23,000 feet over the weekend, almost sucking the pilot out of the aircraft, officials said. "Investigators have determined that of the 90 bolts used to retain the windscreen, 84 were of an incorrect size for the captive nuts into which they were installed," a Civil Aviation Authority official said. Officials reported the incorrect bolts were 1/32 of an inch smaller than they should have been.
June 11, 1990 | Associated Press
A British Airways captain was sucked partway through a windshield that blew out at 24,000 feet on Sunday, but other crew members managed to cling to him while the co-pilot made an emergency landing, the airline said. The pilot, Tim Lancaster, was hospitalized with serious injuries but was expected to survive, authorities said. Police said eight passengers were treated for shock. "I could see a body hanging out of the window with two men and a woman hanging on to his legs.
March 21, 1989 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed Monday that the pilot of an ill-fated British Midland Airways Boeing 737 had shut down the wrong engine of his crippled airplane before it crashed last Jan. 8, killing 47 passengers. The agency in a bulletin on the crash appeared to discount the possibility that faulty instruments or wiring had led to the error; however, it did not offer any specific explanation for the pilot's action.
January 15, 1989
The two engines of a Boeing 737 jet that crashed in central England were shipped to France, where they will be stripped down in an effort to determine the cause of the crash. The British Midland Airways plane, flying from London to Belfast, Northern Ireland, crashed onto an embankment of England's M1 highway last weekend, killing 44 people. Early investigations showed the left engine had been on fire but that an apparently good right engine had been shut down.
January 13, 1989 | Associated Press
Investigators got a first look at the engines from a crashed Boeing 737 on Thursday, and British airlines flying similar craft said they found no evidence of faults in the engine warning systems. The engines from the British Midland Boeing 737-400 that crashed Sunday were removed from an embankment along a freeway near the town of Kegworth and taken to nearby East Midlands Airport.
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